Leading fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is scaling up its digital infrastructure in Davao to support its bid to become a world-class digital city.
In a meeting with Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte recently, Converge CEO and Co-Founder Dennis Anthony Uy reiterated the company’s commitment to investing in Davao, especially as Converge builds its international bandwidth portfolio. Davao City plays a key role in the company’s plans to expand its domestic network and further fortify its international connectivity.
“We are one with Davao City in its aspiration to become a smart city. As host to our international cable landing station for the Bifrost Cable System, the city and the whole province will have direct access to world-class connectivity,” Uy noted.
Mayor Duterte earlier said that he is determined to fully modernize the operations of city offices by integrating digital tools and putting up online platforms to further promote ease of doing business and make public services more accessible to Dabawenyos.
“I really want to modernize the (government) offices…use technology to make things easier for everybody; not only the people working in government but also for the people who have transactions with the government,” Duterte was quoted as saying at the start of his fresh term as mayor.
In May 2021, Converge announced its participation in the Bifrost Cable System, the world’s first cable system which directly connects Singapore to the west coast of North America, together with Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation’s (Keppel T&T) wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. (KMH).
As part of the deal, KMH and Converge will jointly develop a branch on the Bifrost Cable System that will land in Davao, Philippines, with Converge also being granted an IRU on the entire Davao branch. Converge will be engaged as the landing party for the Davao branch segment. The additional branch will significantly increase internet speeds and network diversity for businesses and consumers in the Philippines.
“The additional Davao branch for the Bifrost Cable System will significantly increase internet speeds and network diversity for businesses and consumers in the Philippines for a better digital experience,” Uy pointed out.
Converge has the most diversified international network in the country with access to seven international cable systems and points of presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and the US.
The fiber internet company also has the most extensive domestic fixed broadband network with 600,000 kilometers fiber assets as of September 2022, covering 51% of Filipino households.